This article will answer every question you have about Gilbert Burns. Below are some of the frequently asked questions about him.
- What does Gilbert do for a living?
- Who are Gilbert’s parents and siblings?
- What are Gilbert’s interests and hobbies?
- Is Gilbert married or does he have a girlfriend/ boyfriend?
- Does Gilbert have any children?
- Where is Gilbert now?
- How tall is Gilbert?
- How much money does Gilbert earn?
- What is Gilbert’s net worth?
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Who is Gilbert Burns?
Gilbert Alexander Pontes Burns is a prominent Brazilian professional mixed martial artist and submission grappler. Currently, he competes in the Welterweight division for the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship).
As a grappler, he is a three-time World Champion and World Cup gold medalist. His younger brother Hebert Burns is also a UFC fighter. Burns as of February 15, 2021, is #2 in the UFC welterweight rankings.
How Old is Gilbert Burns?
He is 35 years old as of April 2022, having been born on July 20, 1986, in Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Gilbert shares his birthday with celebrities such as; Pop Smoke (1999-2020), Joey Bragg, Sandra Oh, Jaclyn Hill, Julianne Hough, and many more.
Gilbert Burns Family
Who are Gilbert Burns’s Parents?
He was born to Herbert Sr (Father) and Tania Burns (Mother)
Does Gilbert Burns have Siblings?
He has two siblings. An elder brother by the name of Frederick is a NAVY seal and black belt in jiu-jitsu. And a younger brother by the name of Hebert Mitchell Pontes Burns is a world champion in the UFC.
Gilbert Burns Education
Information regarding where he received his high school/college education is not mentioned anywhere on the internet. In case of news regarding this matter, we will update it here as soon as possible.
Gilbert Burns Marital Status
He is married to the love of his life Bruna Burns who is also a jiu-jitsu expert. They married on August 10, 2012.
Gilbert Burns Kids
He has three kids, but their dates of birth are not disclosed. His kids’ names are Pedro Brenaiah Burns and Joshua Burns, and they welcomed their third child earlier this year.
Gilbert Burns Career
A Grappling Career
While he was young, his father offered to fix his customer’s car in trade for three months of jiu-jitsu lessons for all of his boys. Therefore, Burns started training at the Academia Associacao Oriente, an affiliate of Nova Uniao led by Welton Ribeiro. Until the 2007 World Championship, Gilbert trained with Nova Uniao where he emerged in second place. He became known in 2009 when he won the silver medal at the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship.
He attained a high level of international success in 2010, after competing worldwide. Burns reached the semifinals of the European Open in January; he defeated heavy favorite Celso Vinicius at the World Pro Cup trials. In Abu Dhabi, he won the World Cup finals against Claudio Mattos and won the Brazilian Nationals in May. He achieved his highest recognition in 2011, as he won the gold medal in the 2011 World Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships. At Abu Dhabi Submission Wrestling championships (ADCC) in 2015, he won bronze.
A Mixed Martial Arts Career
An Early Career
After winning the 2011 World Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships, he decided to make MMA his focus. In January 2012, he made his professional MMA debut.
The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil
Burns was chosen by UFC fighter Vitor Belfort in 2012, to be the head grappling coach for Team Vitor on the first season of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil.
An Ultimate Fighting Championship Career
A Career in 2014
On July 26, 2014, Burns made his debut at UFC on Fox 12, replacing an injured Viscardi Andrade against promotional newcomer Andreas Stahl. He won the fight via unanimous decision. On October 25, 2014, he faced promotional newcomer Christos Giagos in a lightweight bout at UFC 179. He won the fight in the first round via submission. The win earned him his first Performance of the Night bonus award.
A Career in 2015
On March 21, 2015, he was expected to face Josh Thomson at UFC Fight Night 62. However, Thomson pulled out of the fight on February 26, with an undisclosed injury, and was replaced by Alex Oliviera. He won the fight in the third round via submission. The win earned him his second straight Performance of the Night bonus. At UFC Fight Night 67, on May 30, 2015, Gilbert was expected to face Norman Parke. But, Gilbert pulled out of the fight due to injury in late April and was replaced by Francisco Trinaldo. On November 7, 2015, he faced Rashid Magomedov at UFC Fight Night 77. He lost the fight via unanimous decision, thereby making his first loss in his MMA career.
A Career in 2016
Next he faced Lukasz Sajewski at UFC Fught Night 90 on July 7, 2016. In the closing seconds of the first round, he won the fight via submission. On September 24, 2016, he faced Michel Prazeres at UFC Fight Night 95. But he lost the fight via unanimous decision.
A Career in 2017
On February 11, 2017, Burns was scheduled to face Paul Felder at UFC 208. However, he pulled out of the fight citing injury in mid-January. He then faced Jason Saggo at UFC Fight Night 116 on September 16, 2017. He won the fight in the second round via knockout. At the beginning of November 2017, he stated he had signed a new, four-fight contract with UFC.
A Career in 2018
Burns on February 24, 2018, was scheduled to face Olivier Aubin-Mercier at UFC on Fox 28. However, both Burns and Olivier on February 21, 2018, were pulled from the card. Because the promotional medical team deemed Burns would be unsafe to meet a lightweight upper limit of 156 lbs limit upon his arrival at the fight week. He was linked to a fight with Lando Vannata at UFC on Fox 29 on April 14, 2018. But Vannata was unable to compete for this date/event as he was still rehabilitating a recent arm injury. Instead, Burns was scheduled to face newcomer Dan Moret in this event. He won the fight one minute into the second round via knockout. The fight with Olivier Aubin-Mercier was rescheduled and eventually took place at UFC 231 on December 8, 2018. Burns went ahead and won the fight by unanimous decision.
A Career in 2019
At UFC Fight Night: Jacare vs. Hermansson, Burns was expected to face returning veteran Eric Wisely on April 27, 2019. However, it was reported on April 18, that Wisely pulled out of the bout citing injury. Therefore he was replaced by newcomer Mike Davis. Burns went on to win the fight via rear-naked choke submission in the second round. He returned on August 10, 2019, to the welterweight facing Alexey Kunchenko at UFC Fight Night 156, replacing injured Laureano Staropoli. After winning the fight via unanimous decision, this made Kunchenko’s first loss in his career. On September 28, 2019, Burns stepped in as a late replacement to face Gunnar Nelson at UFC Fight Night 160.
A Career in 2020
He faced Demian Maia on March 14, 2020, at UFC Fight Night 170 as the first fight of his new, four-fight contract. He won the fight in round one via technical knockout. This win earned him the Performance of the Night award. In his next fight, he faced Tyron Woodley in the main event of UFC on ESPN: Woodley vs. Burns on May 30, 2020. After mostly dominating the former champion throughout the fight, he won the fight via unanimous decision. The win earned him his fourth Performance of the Night award.
A Career in 2021
Burns was scheduled to face Kamaru Usman in the first bout of his new five-fight contract for the UFC Welterweight Championship on July 11, at UFC 251. However, it was revealed on July 3, 2020, that Burns tested positive for COVID-19 and he was subsequently removed from the card and was replaced by Jorge Masvidal. The title bout with Usman was rescheduled at UFC 256 on December 12.
However, it was reported on October 5, 2020, that Usman had pulled from his bout citing more time needed to recover from undisclosed injuries. The bout was postponed to an unknown future date. Nevertheless, the bout with Usman took place at UFC 258 on February 13, 2021. He knocked down Usman early in the fight but went on to lose the fight via technical knockout in the third round. On July 10, 2021, he faced Stephen Thompson at UFC 264. He won the fight by unanimous decision.
A Career in 2022
He faced Khamzat Chimaev on April 9, 2022, at UFC 273. He lost the fight via unanimous decision. The fight was awarded the Fight of the Night award.
Gilbert Burns Height and Measurements
Adding up to his well-built body is a height of 5ft 10inches (1.78m) and a weight of 77kg (170lbs)
Gilbert Burns Salary and Net Worth
His salary is not documented on the internet, however, his net worth is estimated to be between $1 and 2 million.